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Do You Have a Paper Due Soon? Come to the Writing Center

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The Writing Center is open!

The Augsburg Writing Center offers both online and in-person tutoring. Skilled students will work with you one-on-one at whatever stage of writing you are in – the idea-development stage, the drafting stage, and the revision stage – and can show you how to choose an appropriate essay topic, how to develop a thesis statement and paragraphs, how to revise your essay, or assist with any other writing needs you may have. Tutors will be alert listeners and ask questions, and will not judge or evaluate the work in progress. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to seeing you!

Located on the second floor (across from Advising) of the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 5-8pm and Monday- Thursday 2-8pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

In addition, if you would like for a tutor or the Director to come to your class to introduce the writing center, please sign up for a class visit: We will do our best to accommodate you.

Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy and International Affairs

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The purpose of the Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or joint degree, in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field. Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations.

Selected participants spend the summer at one of seven participating universities (University of Minnesota, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, Harvard, University of Washington, or University of Michigan) where they take courses, learn from top leaders in the field and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2024 and August 2025. There is no cost to attend and participants receive a stipend.

Application Due Date; Wednesday, November 1, 2023.

Contact URGO at and reference your interest in PPIA before October 6th to set up a meeting to learn more.

Eligibility and Benefits

Apply for Mayo Innovation Scholars Program

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Applications for Augsburg’s Mayo Innovations Scholar Program are now available on the URGO website! This program is highly competitive and is primarily designed for juniors and seniors.

What is MISP?
In the process of conducting research, Mayo Clinic scientists have developed new products that may be marketable. These products are submitted to the Mayo Clinic Office of Intellectual Property (OIP) for a thorough investigation of marketability. The OIP has a significant backlog of products to be investigated. One of the backlogged products or inventions is assigned to each MISP team for investigative research and formal presentation at Mayo Clinic.

Augsburg’s team will consist of an MBA student, 2-3 undergraduate science students, 1-2 undergraduate business/economics student, 2 Augsburg faculty, and a Licensing Manager from the Mayo Clinic OIP. The team will work together to understand the science and applications of the project or innovation and analyze the market potential. Each undergraduate student on the team will receive $1,500. Teams will begin work during October and the final presentations will be in March.

To Apply:
Applications can be found on the URGO website ( Completed applications must be submitted to by Wednesday, September 27th. If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at, 612-330-1447, or stop in at Hagfors 101.


URGO Academic Year Research Funds

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URGO has limited funding for academic-year research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. Students are paid $1,200 for 80 hours of research. Research must be completed by May 20th. Student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals as soon as possible as the funds will be awarded on a rolling basis.

The URGO Advisory Committee will review proposals every other Thursday. Their next meeting is Thursday, October 5th. Proposals need to be submitted by noon on Wednesday the 4th in order to be considered.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or

URGO Academic Year Research Application 2023-2024

General Announcements

Deadline Extended – Apply to Be a Part of the Poetry and Meaningful Writing Club Board

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PMWC stands for “Poetry & Meaningful Writing Club”, and is an organization here on Augsburg’s campus primarily focusing on uplifting Poetry or Meaningful writing, sharing or showcasing talent involving Poetry or Meaningful Writing with the students here at Augsburg University, and critically analyzing Poetry or Meaningful Writing from different cultures, eras, societies, mediums, locations, and everything in between together with the students here at Augsburg University as well – from a standpoint of entertainment, community, growth and learning.

If you have an interest in Leadership and Poetry or meaningful writing, Critical Thinking or Analyzation then apply for a role on the PMWC Board!

PMWC Recruitment Application

Seeing Things Whole Launches Community Practice Cohort

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This fall, The Reell Office of Seeing Things Whole is launching our first Community Practice Cohort to support the professional development of three leaders by advancing their strategic thinking toward action.

Seeing Things Whole is a disciplined process that embraces the organization’s relationships to the larger world, cultivating whole leaders and thriving organizations to positively impact the common good. Working closely with staff and cohort members, participants will receive customized coaching, develop mutually supportive relationships, and learn to apply the Seeing Things Whole framework to real-life problems. Over the course of three months, cohort members will identify and dig into a particular workplace challenge, gaining insights and perspective to see the whole of their situation and formulate an effective path forward.

Participants will:
– Attend three Whole Leader Roundtable sessions throughout fall 2023
– Work with fellow cohort members and staff to articulate and make progress on a leadership challenge
– Present the challenge to a Whole Leader Roundtable and receive focused feedback and insight
– Share progress and provide accountability within the Community of Practice Cohort
– Participate in structured reflection throughout the experience
– Leadership challenges can encompass a wide range of issues, such as how to grow a program that requires many collaborators, how to share power within hierarchical organizational structures, or how to sustain motivation and resilience in a challenging leadership environment.

This opportunity is ideal for any individual looking to develop a deeper, more positive connection between their values and leadership action.

Learn more and share your interest online at –

Contact the Reell Office Program Director, Keri Clifton, with specific questions at 612-330-1525 or

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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The following Augsburg Staff positions were posted within the past 7 days:

09/19/2023: Event Planner
09/18/2023: 2nd Shift Custodian

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Event Announcements

Ericka Otterson in Chapel on Tuesday, September 26

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel at 11:30 – 11:50 am on September 26 as we continue our “Uncovering Vocation” series co-sponsored by the Christensen Center for Vocation. Ericka Otterson, StepUP Director, will speak on “Where we come from is who we are, but we choose everyday who we become.”

Human Centered Leadership and Meaningful Work

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Leaders create pathways for people and organizations to thrive, but it’s no easy task in today’s workplace. How do effective leaders navigate persistent challenges while remaining true to their values?

Join Augsburg University’s Reell Office of Seeing Things Whole for breakfast and conversation with compelling leaders from business, the arts, and education who share a common drive to bring greater wholeness and meaning to their organizations. You will hear candid stories of success and challenge at work, from creating space for individuals to thrive as their full selves at work, shaping policies to balance organizational and people needs, and navigating the practical realities of leading organizations through periods of prosperity and economic downturns.

The conversation is for anyone seeking to find greater meaning in their work and leadership—especially people who are new to managing teams, in charge of organizational policy in a post-pandemic world, or thinking about organizational futures.

● Najeeba Syeed, El-Hibri endowed chair and executive director of Interfaith at Augsburg University
● Jun-Li Wang, associate director of Springboard for the Arts
● Kyle E. Smith, co-CEO of Reell Precision Manufacturing
● Tom Henry, former CEO of Landry’s Bicycles (moderator)

Learn more and register:

Register for the Minnesota Private Colleges’ Fall Recruiting Fair

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Attention all Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors, register for the MN Private Colleges’ Fall Recruiting Fair.

Date: Tuesday Sept 26th, 2023
Time: 12pm-3pm
Location: Mpls Convention Center (free shuttle information will be provided when you sign up).

At the fair you will have the opportunity to meet with Minnesota, regional, and national companies hiring in the areas of consulting, banking/finance, accounting, actuarial science, stats/data science, technology, business analysis, management and leadership training/development, and project management.

Most employers will be actively recruiting for Summer 2024 internships and full-time careers. Other employers may anticipate hiring within the next six months. Take advantage of speaking with recruiters from a variety of different industries to learn how your career interests may fit with their hiring needs.

Registration Required.

Register on Handshake

Miles Forma: Learning to Be Comfortable with People Who Are Different

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September 28, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Central Time)

Miles is a disability advocate, public speaker, Augmentative Communication User, and Educator. In this honest conversation, Miles provides a perspective from someone who has experienced the special education system firsthand.

Please join us using this Zoom link:

Miles Website:

Join Us Next Thursday for an Interactive Interfaith Discussion

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Join Augsburg Interfaith Scholars for an interactive discussion on Judaism/Islam/Christianity and Interfaith Engagement.

Guest speakers include Matt Maruggi, Associate Professor of Religion and Department Chair and Shayna Sheinfeld, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy.

Event details:
Thursday, September 28th
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Oren Gateway Center, 114

Learn more about Interfaith Scholars

Save the Date: Batalden Convocation in Applied Ethics – October 25

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Augsburg students, faculty, and staff are invited to the 2023 Batalden Convocation in Applied Ethics. Join us on October 25, 2023, from 10–11 a.m. in Hoversten Chapel or via Zoom for this free public event on interfaith responses to trauma.

Globally, over 50% of persons experience some sort of trauma during their lifetime. At this year’s Batalden Convocation event, three panelists will share resources from their specific religious traditions (Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam) that respond to trauma and foster resilience. The faculty panelists include Assistant Professor Iva Patel, Assistant Professor Shayna Sheinfeld, and Professor Najeeba Syeed, El-Hibri Endowed Chair.

The Batalden Faculty Scholar Program in Applied Ethics strengthens the infusion of ethics and values into our campus community, so that the skills of ethical reasoning and critical reflection are hallmarks of Augsburg’s students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

If you wish to attend the Batalden Convocation via Zoom, register here.

Book Discussion – October 5 – Disability Visibility

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CLASS and Lindell Library invite you to a book discussion for “Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the 21st Century” edited by Alice Wong. “This anthology gives a glimpse into the rich complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community.”

We’ll discuss narratives from Part 2: “Becoming” on Thursday, October 5, 2023, 4:00-5:00 pm in Lindell Library, Room 301. We welcome you (students, faculty, and staff) to this discussion regardless of how much of the book you read! Snacks will be provided. Faculty/Staff: Good/Advanced standing credit for Diversity & Inclusion Certificate

A few copies of the book are available to borrow from Lindell Library at the circulation desk. You can find the book at your favorite bookstore and public library. For questions about this event or accommodation needs please contact

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